December 22, 2014

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Browns QB Jake Delhomme misses practice again

BEREA – Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme didn’t practice again Thursday with an injured ankle, and coach Eric Mangini said it was too early to tell what his role would be Sunday in the home opener against the Chiefs.

Delhomme could start, could be well enough to back up Seneca Wallace or could be the No. 3 quarterback.

“All three are potential situations,” Mangini said. “I couldn’t tell you now where it’s going to go.”

Mangini said he has through Saturday to evaluate Delhomme’s ankle.

Wallace took the first-team repetitions for the second straight day, and rookie Colt McCoy got the No. 2 reps. Wallace spent seven years as a backup in Seattle before being acquired in a trade in March. He’s 5-9 as a starter, completing 60 percent with 25 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and an 83.1 rating.

Making a spot start is nothing new.

“It’s the life of a No. 2,” Mangini said. “Sometimes it’s a quarter, sometimes it’s a game, sometimes it’s a string of games. He’s worked in that spot a long time and has a lot of experience doing that.”

Wallace played for coach Mike Holmgren during his first six years in Seattle. Holmgren is the Browns president, so Mangini and offensive coordinator have walked down the hallway to discuss the best way to use Wallace.

Mangini wouldn’t divulge the tips from Holmgren and adviser Gil Haskell, who was his coordinator with the Seahawks.

“All good stuff. We’ll use it,” he said.

** Nose tackle Shaun Rogers (ankle/hip) and rookie offensive lineman Shawn Lauvao (ankle) didn’t practice.